Top News Stories for Today – July 18, 2017
Republican Health Care efforts collapse
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced Monday night they will not support the motion to proceed on the current version of the Republicans’ health-care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, joining Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) short the votes necessary to pass it. Moran released a statement saying “we should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” while Lee said he won’t back the BCRA because it does not repeal “all of the ObamaCare taxes, it doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families, nor does it create enough free space from the most costly ObamaCare regulations.”
In a statement, McConnell said it is “now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace” ObamaCare “will not be successful,” and in the coming days the Senate “will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority in the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of ObamaCare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health-care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.” The Week, Twitter,
Poll show 70 percent of Americans think Trump acts ‘unpresidential’
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll revealed that an overwhelming majority of Americans don’t think their president conducts himself in a very presidential manner. Precisely 70 percent of Americans believe President Trump has acted unpresidentially since he was sworn into office, compared to the just 24 percent of Americans who described Trump’s behavior as “fitting and proper.”
On top of that, 68 percent of Americans said they do not view Trump as a positive role model; 57 percent said the more they hear about Trump the less they like him; and 56 percent said Trump’s behavior is “damaging to the presidency overall.” The poll also found that for the 58 percent of Americans who disapprove of Trump, their top grievance is “everything,” matched only by the “way he talks/acts.” ABC News, The Washington Post, The Week
‘Threatening note’ found outside Sen. Dean Heller’s office
A “threatening note” was found Sunday morning outside the Las Vegas office of Sen. Dean Heller (R), police said Monday. Officers were notified at around 9 a.m. that a burglary alarm had gone off at the office building where Heller has an office, and when they arrived, they did not find any signs of a burglary in his office, but they did discover the note taped to his door.
Police are investigating the note, but said they will not release what it says, as the incident is under investigation. Heller is an undecided vote on the Senate health-care bill, and a person in law enforcement told Ralston Reports the note stated that the writer would lose his health care if Heller voted in favor of the Republicans’ bill to repeal ObamaCare, and if he was going to die, he would take Heller along with him. The Nevada Independent, The Week
Trump directs GOPs to repeal ObamaCare now
The Republicans’ health-care bill is now short the necessary votes to pass it, and on Monday night, President Trump used Twitter to direct the GOP on its next steps. “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now and work on a new health-care plan that will start from a clean slate,” Trump said.
He also predicted that if they do so, “Dems will join in!” Once Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced Monday night they were not going to vote for the bill as written, joining Rep. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the proposal became doomed. Twitter, The Week
Indonesian Parliament speaker implicated in corruption scandal
Indonesia’s parliamentary speaker has been named a suspect in a multi-million dollar corruption scandal involving the implementation of a national electronic identity card. The head of the government’s Corruption Eradication Commission, Agus Rahardjo, said Monday there is sufficient evidence that Speaker Setya Novanto participated in a scheme to embezzle as much has $170 million between 2011 and 2012, about one-third of the $440 million allocated for the project.
Rahardjo said Novanto, who also serves as chairman of the Golkar party, is believed to have abused his power by enriching himself and others. Novanto denied the accusations Tuesday during a news conference. VOA
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